Third time’s the charm! After two successful events (VT and CT) it was time to head to Massachusetts. Through this series, OHR has made it’s way around New England, winning over the ears and hearts of all who have attended these unique events. The latest showcase was held just last weekend (3/26) at Castle Island Brewing Co. in Norwood, MA.
Norwood is just outside of Boston and is home to a number of shops, bars, restaurants, and of course, Castle Island Brewing. Castle Island serves up thoughtful brews and food in a casual setting. Despite being located so close to Boston, there was nothing like this event happening in the area that night. Four songwriters from around the region sharing their songs in an intimate, yet communal atmosphere.
“the listener benefits from the engagement in unbridled human creativity”
This series has been successful thus far due to the collaborative nature of its arrangement. The artists, venues, and attendees all understand that this is a space to showcase songwriting. This is an important distinction that sets our series apart from any ol’ acoustic show. Together we are creating space for artists to be authentic. A space where the artist as well as the listener benefits from the engagement in unbridled human creativity. For the crowd that eagerly assembled, we had a bill of hand selected talent from near and far.
The night began with a set from OHR’s and Brattleboro’s own, Derek O’Kanos. After a brief introduction his bluesy vocals grabbed everyone’s attention. He pulled from his solo and O’KNC catalogs to create a uniquely effective mix of material.
Next was our friend and yours, Alec Yakaitis! Alec ventured from East Longmeadow, MA and he came out swingin’ with infectious grooves to start his set. His laid back tunes were funky and interwoven with pop melodies and he quickly became a hit with the audience.
Coming from Manchester, Connecticut was OHR’s own Michael James Anderson. MJA brought his signature blend of folk and indie, drawing the crowd’s attention in closer. Anderson pulled frm his extensive catalog and even included songs from his newest effort, Scarecrow, I think I’ll Miss You Most of All.
Closing things out was the area’s own Stephen Damon-Tilley. Stephen is a member of the hard rock trio, Renegade Cartle, of which he is the bassist/vocalist. Stephen dazzled his ‘hometown’ crowd with songs from the band soon to be released album, Masquerade. He even sang in Japanese with numbers from his other project, Ze RO ゼロ. Stephen’s vocals soared high, his versatility shown through, and everyone in attendance agreed – it was a damn good time.
This was a night of communal story-telling, of getting together to share memories, experiences, and ideas. Though, above all else, it was fun! The kind of fun a person needs, not just now and again, but as often as possible. This showcase has proven to be a light source for those involved. Come share that experience with your friends here at Oak Honest Records!
Our monthly traveling showcase has only just begun! Next month a new line-up of talented performers heads down to the Definitive Brewing Company in Portland, Maine. Each month, you’ll find us in a different New England state, with a different cast of characters. Here’s a look ahead at the schedule:
Apr 23 – Definitive Brewing – Portland, ME
May 21 – Liquid Therapy – Nashua, NH
Jun ?? – TBA – TBA, RI
We’ll be seeing you on the road! Come see what all the fuss is about!
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